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Top ICT students to represent Asia Pacific in Huawei ICT Competition Finals

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The 2019-2020 Huawei Asia Pacific ICT Competition, under the theme of “Connection, Glory, Future,” successfully concluded recently. Institut Teknologi Bandung (ITB) from Indonesia won champions of both the Network and Cloud tracks in this regional finals, and will represent the Asia Pacific region in the global finals.

This year, the Huawei ICT competition in Asia Pacific attracted 4051 participants from 65 ICT Academies of six countries, namely Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Philippines, India and Thailand; to compete in two technological tracks of Network and Cloud.

“We strive to develop a healthy ICT Talent Ecosystem where we shall work with our Partners, our Customers and the society, altogether to produce ICT engineering talents – quality people with ICT skill, with engineering capability for now, and for the future,” said Tony Cao, President of Huawei Asia Pacific Enterprise Business Group.

Institut Teknologi Bandung (ITB) from Indonesia won Champions of both the Network and Cloud tracks in this regional finals. Universiti Malaya (UM), the former Network champion, won the first runner-up spot, while Nanyang Polytechnics (NYP) was the second runner-up. All winners will proceed to the Global Finals which will be held in Shenzhen, China in November.

“The competition is very helpful for the students. It motivates students to study harder and understand a lot of key technologies such as cloud computing, storage, AI and services that run on top of it,” said Abdul Latif, coach of the Cloud winning team from the Institut Teknologi Bandung.

The Huawei ICT competition aims to develop a platform for government organizations, higher education institutions, training partners, enterprises and students to support ICT education. The competition not only recognizes and rewards student achievements in technology, but also provides guidance for future career development.

“Thanks to Huawei for being able to organize this amazing competition amid the pandemic. The competition is not all about winning or losing. You should never give up especially during this hard times and it’s not over until you want it to be,” said Afif Tri Farhan, student from the Network track champion team.

The Huawei ICT Competition – as one of the initiatives from Huawei ICT Academy program operates across the Asia Pacific region with more than 160 ICT Academies.

The Huawei ICT Academy program is an industry and academy collaboration initiative aims to promote ICT industry technology certification to address gap of local universities and colleges to nurture and develop talented individuals to be industry-ready for the future digital, fully connected and intelligent world.

The tech company aims to develop at least 200,000 ICT professionals over the next five years in the Asia Pacific region through Huawei ICT Academy and various programs.

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NSB introduces special credit scheme for shrimp farming industry

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National Savings Bank (NSB), in collaboration with one of its fully owned subsidiary, Sri Lanka Savings Bank(SLSB), has planned to introduce a special loan scheme to offer credit facilities under a lower interest rate with a view to accelerating the development of shrimp farming industry in Sri Lanka.

Shrimp farming industry in Sri Lanka, which came into being around 30 years ago, could be identified as a higher value generating sector among the industries based on aquaculture in the country.

With the objective of achieving a sustainable development in shrimp farming industry in the country, Sri Lanka Aquaculture Development Alliance has been established 15 years back and the permanent members of this organization will be able to obtain loan facilities within a value range of Rs. one Million to Rs. 100 Million under this loan scheme.

This Alliance comprises of 18 farmers’ societies, breeding center societies, seafood societies and shrimp feed societies in Puttlam District, in which the shrimp farming industry is mainly centralized. The Alliance operates the shrimp farming industry, in coordination with the National Aquaculture Development Authority of Sri Lanka, the main state sponsored organization mandated for the task of development of the aquaculture and inland fisheries sector in Sri Lanka and other government institutions. Further, the membership of this alliance represents the entire shrimp farming industry of the country.

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Lanka Realty Investments acquires controlling shares of On’ally Holdings

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CSE turnover almost Rs 3.5 billion

By Hiran H.Senewiratne 

Lanka Realty Investments Plc has acquired 50.8 percent  of the issued capital of Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE)  listed On’ally Holdings Plc for Rs 1.42 billion.

With the transaction Renula Capital and Lanka Reality Investments share prices appreciated significantly yesterday, stock market analysts said.

On’ally Holdings Plc announced that Lanka Realty Investments Plc has acquired 50.8 percent  ( 47,244,050 shares) of the issued capital (93,003,087 shares) of the company with the purchase of shares made on 3rd December 2020 at a price of Rs.30.20 per share. 

Meanwhile, in a separate filing Renuka Capital Plc announced that it has sold and disposed of 40,754,820 Ordinary Shares (43.821 percent ) held by the Company in On’ally Holdings Plc to Lanka Realty Investments Plc at a value of Rs.30.20 per share on the CSE. Renuka Capital PLC is the second largest shareholder of On’ally Holdings Plc.

The turnover stood at Rs 3.44 billion with two crossings mainly; On’ally Holdings crossing which contributed 42 percent to the turnover and Access Engineering. On’ ally 47.2 million shares crossed for Rs 1.43 billion and its share price was Rs 32.20 and Access Engineering one million shares crossed for Rs 25 million and its share price was Rs 25.

With the transaction  Renuka Capital share price appreciated by  more than 50 percent or Rs 2.50 . Its share price startered trading at Rs 5 and at the end of the day it moved upto Rs 7.50. Lanka Reality share Price share price moved up by 13 percent or  Rs 4.60. It’s share price startered trading at Rs 34.40 and at the end of the day it moved up to Rs 39.

In the retail market top five companies that mainly contributed to the turnover were JKH Rs 141.5 million (945,000 shares traded), Expolanka Rs 135.7 million (5.2 million shares traded), Melstacorp Rs 128 million (three million shares traded), Access Engineering Rs 123.3 million (4.9 million shares traded) and Renuka Capital Plc Rs 121.7 million  (18.5 million shares traded).

Amid those developments both indices moved upwards  i.e. All Share Price Index up by 17.26 points and S and P SL20 up by 8.81 points up. The share volume that transacted during the day was 22487.  According to stockbrokers that market sluggish and the latter part of the day  it picked up following the major crossing.

 

 

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SLT and Mobitel launch Green Premier League 2020

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SLT and Mobitel together began an exemplary green initiative project simultaneously with Sri Lankan Premier League (LPL) 2020 called “SLT – Mobitel Green Premier League” (GPL), as a sustainable environmental conservation project. According to the winning score of each team in every match of the LPL, SLT and Mobitel will take necessary actions to plant the equivalent number of plants as forest restoration at Rajawaka forest reserve in Kalthota, Balangoda. Thus, by the end of the LPL tournament, SLT and Mobitel will have taken the necessary actions to plant possibly around 4000 plants in the forest reserve and would have arranged a sustainable maintenance program with the Forest Department in accordance with UN sustainable developments goals. This would be a pioneer project within the context of any cricket premier league in the world!

From the 26th of November 2020 till the 16th of December 2020, SLT and Mobitel will be conducting this remarkable initiative aiming to increase the forest cover in Sri Lanka by planting these trees in 6 hectares in Rajawaka Forest reserve, which has identified as a rich biodiversity site and also the major water catchment area for the Samanalawewa reservoir. With an island-wide reach as the national telecommunications service provider, SLT hopes to inspire sports fans and the youth of the country to undertake their own steps towards environmental conservation and sustainability. SLT will continuously monitor this project in the next two years with the support of the Forest department to ensure the desired outcomes.

 

 

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